Posts Tagged ‘ RJ White ’

Lack Of Swimming; Hole In District

Lack Of Swimming; Hole In District

The groundbreaking this morning of the new South Wilton High School (Expected completion: August 2010) was a bit history-making in that it will be the first public school building built in the city in the last thirty years that will not have an elaborate swimming facility as part of the design. Why? Let’s go back…

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Snapshots: Jack Johnson in Training Camp, 1911

Snapshots: Jack Johnson in Training Camp, 1911

June 1911- Legendary boxer Jack Johnson trains briefly at a facility set up in a corner of a former Methodist retreat camp, about ten miles east of the city. 96 years later, musician and former surfer Jack Johnson would play a concert at the QuadstatesEC Ampitheatre, part of an entertainment complex (including a small skiing…

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Creative Cities Summit 2.0

Creative Cities Summit 2.0

Hey, here is a real, actual thing- I’ll be attending the Creative Cities Summit in Detroit, October 12-15. Aside from being in beautiful downtown Detroit (which I haven’t seen in a few years), the program looks to be chock-full of awesome speakers and sessions about urbanism, planning and whatnot. There’s one program on the final…

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Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

Friday Facts: Hope, Change and/or Straight Talk

:: The voter registration deadline for the November 4 election is October 6. Once again, your mayoral candidates- – Democratic: Joseph Wilders, current mayor – Republican: Maribeth Cosgrove, longtime City Councilwoman – Libertarian: Lewis Armstrong, local businessman – Green: Louis M. Armstrong, Watson University humanities professor – Independent: Leonard Pierce, former Fifth Ward Democratic party…

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The Blotter: Sloppy Blows, Newsstands Moved, Pets and Children Saved

The Blotter: Sloppy Blows, Newsstands Moved, Pets and Children Saved

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. (Note: More violent, standard items do not frequently show up here, as they are covered in the local papers with regularity.) 10:30 pm Corner of Merriman and 112th Streets: Two men, both wearing NFL jerseys, are arrested outside…

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The Blotter: Who Will Protect Gotham Now?

The Blotter: Who Will Protect Gotham Now?

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. (Note: More violent, standard items do not frequently show up here, as they are covered in the local papers with regularity.) 7:29 AM 700 block of Westmont Street: 26-year old man found sleeping in backyard hot tub of…

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Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

:: When the new Southside High School opens at the end of the month, it will be the first high school in the city built without an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 46 years, after the school district was finally able to override the requirements of Elanor Jean Hapsworth’s will. :: Number of days (so far)…

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Snapshots: Before the Great Downtown Fire, July 4th, 1911

Snapshots: Before the Great Downtown Fire, July 4th, 1911

July 4 ,1911- Mayor Jonah Woolsey (second from left) addresses a large crowd gathered at Main Avenue and Baylor (now Third) Street, during three hours of speeches in celebration of the holiday. Later that evening, stray sparks from fireworks at Memorial Park would light several piles of unused bunting afire next to the Geo. Hardlin…

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The Blotter: Monster party, pets in trouble, misc.

The Blotter: Monster party, pets in trouble, misc.

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. 9:17 pm 200 block of Euclid Avenue: A 7-year-old girl reports to 911 that “monsters are knocking at my door.” Dispatch sends a cruiser to reassure the girl, only to find people dressed as Frankenstein and the Werewolf…

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Snapshots: Traffic Fatalities, 1946

Snapshots: Traffic Fatalities, 1946

April, 1946- In a public education effort to cut down upon traffic fatalities, a sign on the east lawn of Old City Hall marked the number of days between such events. From its installation in 1940 to its removal in late 1947, the highest number it ever displayed was “08.” - RJ White -Original-

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